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Doctor insights on: Supraclavicular Lymph Node Swelling

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Neck MRI showed "several top-normal diam lymph nodes scattered about the left jugulo-digastric chain, most notable at left Level II" as well as lymphadenopathy. This is where my doc felt the supraclavicular "mass", as he called it. Also, I have been havi

Neck MRI showed "several top-normal diam lymph nodes scattered about the left jugulo-digastric chain, most notable at left Level II" as well as lymphadenopathy. This is where my doc felt the supraclavicular "mass", as he called it.  Also, I have been havi

Not sure of question: It sounds like your doctor found a "mass" in your neck above your collar bone and recommended an MRI. This confirmed the presence of lymph nodes in the same area, some of which were slightly large, at the upper ("top normal") limit of normal. These could be reactive... responding to some inflammation/infection nearby or neoplastic (tumor). Depending on other symptoms, observation or biopsy is next ...Read more

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Swelling (Definition)

Swelling is the enlargement of organs, skin, or other body parts. It is caused by a buildup of fluid in the tissues. The extra fluid can lead to a rapid increase in weight over a short period of time (days to weeks). Swelling can occur all over the body (generalized) or only in one part ...Read more


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I have both R and L supraclavicular lymph node swelling, around 0.5 cm, rubbery, moveable. Is this a sign of cancer?

I have both R and L supraclavicular lymph node swelling, around 0.5 cm, rubbery, moveable. Is this a sign of cancer?

Can't tell: Supraclavicular lymph node elevations are not normal for sure and can be a sign of serious conditions like different cancers, but are not definitive of such as a single presenting symptom. You should get in to see the Dr. and get a good examination and some testing to be safe. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Why does left supraclavicular lymph node swell?

Monitoring Centers: Lymphatic system absorbs/carries things too big to go into the arteries/veins like bacteria eaten by white cells and digested food. Lymph nodes "taste" the lymph for anything bad like bacteria/viruses/cancers, etc. When it detects a problem, it alerts the immune system and your body reacts. They enlarge in response to the inflammation they create when they react. They shrink when all is well. ...Read more

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Can allergies cause ing lymph node swelling and persistence for 7 weeks?

Can allergies cause ing lymph node swelling and persistence for 7 weeks?

Consider other cause: lymph notes become tender and swollen whenever that area of the body becomes inflamed. It is unlikely that allergy could cause this unless you have open sores or inflammation on your legs or genital area. it would be advisable for you to have this checked out if it has continued for this long. To make sure you don't have a hidden infection ...Read more

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I have multiple lymph node swelling, what could be the reason?

I have multiple lymph node swelling, what could be the reason?

Many possibilities: There are many reasons for lymph nodes to be enlarged ranging from infection to cancer to even a side effect of some medications. Persistently enlarged or enlarging lymph nodes need to be checked out by a doctor. ...Read more

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Lymph node swelling in armpit, should I be concerned?

Lymph node swelling in armpit, should I be concerned?

Monitoring Centers: Lymphatic system absorbs/carries things too big to go into the arteries/veins like bacteria eaten by white cells and digested food. Lymph nodes "taste" the lymph for anything bad like bacteria/viruses/cancers, etc. When it detects a problem, it alerts the immune system and your body reacts. They enlarge in response to the inflammation they create when they react. They shrink when all is well. ...Read more

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What causes occipital lymph node swelling? I'm pretty sure that's what I have on the left side it's only one it's been there for about 3 months

What causes occipital lymph node swelling? I'm pretty sure that's what I have on the left side it's only one it's been there for about 3 months

Ans: The lymph nodes can become inflamed for many reSons. You may have had an infection and thus the lymph nodes become reactive. They do eventually resolve takes a while. Now considering the nodes are enlarged only on one side and you are so young best to see a doctor and get examined ...Read more

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In general how large would the lymph node swelling be in cases of hodgkin's disease. I've heard it can be as little as an inch on nodes of neck?

In general how large would the lymph node swelling be in cases of hodgkin's disease. I've heard it can be as little as an inch on nodes of neck?

Any size: Hodgkin's disease can cause lymph node enlargement of any size. I have seen conglomerations of lymph nodes fill over half of the chest, and I have seen tiny lymph nodes (the size of a pea.). ...Read more

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What could cause lymph node swelling?

What could cause lymph node swelling?

Inflammation: Local injury, local inflammation, boils, abcesses, r/o serous problems like tumor, cancer etc. ...Read more

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Right supracavicular lymph node swelling reasons?

Right supracavicular lymph node swelling reasons?

Lymphadenitis : Or swollen lymph nodes due to viral or bacterial infection. The swollen lymph nodes caused by cancer is not very common condition. I don't think that your case is any different. If concerned, check with your pcp. ...Read more